Margarita Chicken Fajitas + Calphalon Giveaway

May 27, 2013 by Ali

Margarita Chicken Fajitas + Calphalon #Giveaway |

For the beginning years professional life, I worked in a church, which automatically meant that I worked weekends. Seven years of weekends.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved my job there. But having every Saturday and Sunday automatically booked was tough, especially when the rest of the world and especially my friends were buzzing with energy of free time. Each weekend, I would try to squeeze in as much time with friends as I could before and after work. But more often than not, I found myself feeling distracted and rushed. And spontaneity was pretty much out of the question.

But now, I have my weekends back! And a year after having resigned from that job, I still feel like a kid on Christmas when I wake up on a Saturday or Sunday and remember that I don’t have to go into work.

Weekends off are amazing!!!

Margarita Chicken Fajitas Recipe |

I feel like I’m often making up for lost time trying to squeeze in as much time with friends as possible. But my favorite thing is always to have nothing planned, and just see where the wind blows. This past weekend, I did just that. From Saturday morning brunch with a friend at my favorite restaurant next door, a leisurely afternoon parked with a book and iced tea at my favorite coffee shop, long walks with the pup to soak up the sunshine, cooking dinner with friends at home with the windows hopen, a meaningful morning at church, outdoor symphony night at Union Station, and the one thing we actually had planned — an Arrested Development marathon.

It was my version of a perfect weekend and more.

Of course, living next door to our city’s largest farmers market, a Saturday is not complete without a trip over to do some grocery shopping and farmer visiting. (And of course, people watching!!!) I came home with a bag full of colorful local produce, but then also couldn’t resist the 7 for $1 bag of fresh limes at the Asian market. So I came home and made one of my new favorites again — Margarita Chicken Fajitas.

If you like margaritas and you like fajitas, these are for you. The chicken is marinated in tequila and lime and orange juice, and then sauteed up with lots of fresh veggies and served with guac and cheese. Fajitas are endlessly flexible, so you can easily substitute whatever veggies sound great to you. But then I highly recommend serving these with some margaritas too. You know, just because. :)

Margarita Chicken Fajitas + Calphalon #Giveaway |

Finally, as a little surprise to kick off a summer of sauteeing, I am thrilled to be giving away this beautiful stainless steel Calphalon saute pan that I used with this recipe. To be specific, it is a Calphalon 5-Quart Saute Pan with Cover, and it is the new rockstar of my kitchen. I’ve included more details below, but trust me when I say that you want to enter this giveaway. I never knew I could love a pan this much!

So be sure to check out the giveaway, and also grab a margarita and try these fajitas. Perfect for celebrating the weekends!

Margarita Chicken Fajitas |

Margarita Chicken Fajitas + Calphalon Giveaway

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 Servings


    Fajita Ingredients:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness (about 1/2-inch)
  • marinade (recipe below)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 3 bell peppers (I used a red, orange, and yellow pepper), cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 portabello mushroom caps, thinly sliced
  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced
  • flour tortillas
  • Toppings: shredded Mexican cheese, avocado slices or guacamole, sour cream, lime wedges, chopped fresh cilantro
  • Marinade Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne


Whisk together marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Remove 3 Tbsp. of the marinade for later use, and add the remaining marinade to a large ziplock bag. Add the chicken, and toss to coat.

Then refrigerate the mixture for at least 1 hour (up to 8 hours). When ready to cook, remove the chicken from the marinade, and season generously on both sides with salt and pepper.

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add the (drained and seasoned) chicken breasts and let cook without touching for 5 minutes. Flip the chicken breasts over, and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes until no longer pink inside and juices run clear. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate to cool.

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons. oil to the pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add peppers, mushrooms and onions, and cook for about 7-10 minutes until crisp-tender, stirring frequently.

During the last few minutes that the vegetables are cooking, cut the chicken breasts into thin strips against the grain. When the vegetables are ready, add the chicken strips to the vegetable mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low, and drizzle with the reserved marinade and stir to coat. (Watch closely so that the tequila in the marinade does not flame up.) Cook for 2 minutes, then season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

Serve warm in flour tortillas with toppings.

Calphalon Giveaway |

Calphalon Giveaway

Prize Details: 

We are giving away (1) Calphalon AccuCore5-Quart Saute Pan with Cover. The AccuCore pans are made from 5 individual metal layers with a responsive copper core that heats – and cools – evenly to help maintain a more consistent temperature across the entire pan. Two inner layers of aluminum also efficiently conduct heat, while stainless steel outer layers create a beautiful, durable surface that is dishwasher safe. Basically, this pan is made with the best quality standards, and cooks like a PRO. I especially love its ability to create the perfect sear on meats and veggies, and how evenly it truly cooks everything. Not to mention — this pan is gorgeous!!

How To Enter:

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Disclaimer: This review is sponsored by Calphalon. I was given an AccuCore pan to review, but was not compensated and all opinions are 100% my own as always.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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124 thoughts on “Margarita Chicken Fajitas + Calphalon Giveaway

  1. I would love to cook so many things in this pan! I’m thinking omelets, stir fry, fajitas and so much more. Great pan! :)

    - Rhonda

  2. These look so awesome! I can never get fajitas right so I can’t wait to try your recipe.

    - Tiffany P

  3. I’d like to see how it sears some scallops – I’m working on the perfect sear!

    - Donna G

  4. What a fun giveaway! I would totally try these fajitas first!

    - Sarah

  5. I’d make fettucine alfredo.

    - Robin Chesser

  6. I would cook chicken parmesan in this.

    - Craig

  7. Oh I would LoVE to cook a giant frittata. Or a Texas fajita combo! Yum!

    - Casey

  8. Anthing would be easily cooked in this pan

    - Marisa

  9. Everything on this site!

    - Jori

  10. There are so many things I would love to try in that pan. I had a wonderful pasta dish in Mexico last year where they sautéed everything together at the end and this pan looks perfect for it!

    - Kirra

  11. There are so many things I would love to try in that pan. I had a wonderful pasta dish in Mexico last year where they sautéed everything together at the end and this pan looks perfect for it!

    - Kirra

  12. I would love to cook beef and broccoli in this pan!

    - Lili

  13. I would love to sauté fresh vegetables in this pan!

    - Kelli

  14. I believe I would try these Margarita Chicken Fajitas…they look like they were made for each other!

    - Margaret M

  15. I would love to make some beef stroganoff in this pan!

    - Jen M.

  16. on my way to get the tequila…..chicken fajitas and margaritas….works for this Sunday evening!

    - Judy Hudgins

  17. I would cook up some chicken marsala. It’s been awhile since I’ve made it and this pan looks perfect for the job.

    - Brooke R.

  18. i would cook EVERYTHING in this pan! i have a great set of calphalon pans but nothing this size or shape – obviously would be perfect for those yummy looking fajitas but i would also whip up sauces, risotto, and soups in this bad boy. thanks for an amazing giveaway – fingers crossed on this one!

    - meg jones wall

  19. Chicken fajitas, omelets, vegetables..anything & everything!!

    - Abby

  20. I would love to have this pan so I could make stir fry

    - Melissa

  21. Hi,
    I tried to enter the contest, June 8, and it says the contest is over… But the ad says it goes through the 9th… Is this from another year? :/

    - Val

  22. Because this gorgeous pan is oven-safe, I’d like to try something that starts on the stovetop then finishes in the oven, like a tarte tatin. Or something that takes advantage of the lid, like a skillet lasagne. So many options!

    - Anne

  23. My pans are scratched or a little burn on them. I could use a new pan. That dish looks delicious as well. :)

    - Meyia Johnson

  24. Shrimp fajitas, yummy.

    - Christine A.

  25. I would love to make a orange chicken dish

    - Heather Speaks

  26. I would use this pan for those dishes that go from stove top to oven. Maybe a vegetable omelet as the first thing

    - Sandy

  27. Love their cookware and recipes

    - Cathy hicks

  28. Margarita chicken fajitas. Really.

    - Christina

  29. I would love to try these fajitas in this awesome pan!

    - Rebecca Penhollow

  30. So many things I would love to cook in this pan- but I think a great classic would be an overeasy egg served with toast. These fajitas look amazing and would be my second meal in the pan. Yum.

    - Karen

  31. I would love to make our everything-but-the-kitchen-sink breakfast skillet

    - Carmen

  32. Chicken marsala.

    - Gianna

  33. I neeeeeeed a pan this size. I would love to cook in it because I have a large family (there are currently 3 adults and 4 children in this house, and one of those “adults” is a teenager who eats a LOT so I make a TON of food).

    - Sarah

  34. pan-seared chicken with tons of caramelized onions!!

    - puja

  35. spicy ginger beef

    - Christine M

  36. Those fajitas look delicious, and they would work well in my new healthier living plan.

    - K. Finn

  37. I would try to make some risotto

    - kelly rae

  38. I’d love to sautee my fresh garden veggies!

    - Tami Alves

  39. I’m always happy when I find recipes that are both gluten and soy free, and this is both plus a delicious-sounding Mexican dish? Count me in!

    I love these big deep pans. I only have one and use it constantly, but
    it doesn’t have a lid! I would love to have one like this for cooking meat so I could use the other to cook veggies and save time!

    - Stephanie

  40. Ok, I should know better than to look at a food blog when I’m hungry! The fajitas look delish! And our poor old calphalon pans that my husband had before we were married almost 13 years ago are in sad shape. They’ve held up well, but need a replacement (really bad).

    - Gina Rau

  41. Fajitas are one of my go-to weeknight meals and these margarita fajitas look incredible! I would make a pasta sauce in that gorgeous pan!

    - Mercedes

  42. I would love to make my skillet enchiladas in this pan!!

    - April V

  43. Nothing I love better than Italian and Mexican dishes, and this looks absolutely wonderful. I’ll have to give this a try this weekend. Love your website, keep up the good work.

    - sourthern girl

  44. I would love to make skillet lasagna!

    - Natalie S

  45. Looks good,

    - Dona

  46. Stir-fry or pan-seared chicken? Your margarita chicken looks fabulous! yum!

    - Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

  47. I would like to make fried rice in this pan!

    - Eligonma

  48. I’d cook up some chicken in this pan

    - jan

  49. Can’t wait to try this recipe- Looks Amazing!

    - jan

  50. I would love to cook chicken without it sticking! Also, my mom’s fried potatoes would be great for this skillet!! Would love to try some Calphalon!!!

    - Nancy A.

  51. I would saute some chicken!

    - Patty

  52. I would love to make Parmesan Chicken!

    - kesha

  53. I would like to cook and try your recipe :)

    - LeighAnn

  54. These look delicious!

    - Ashley

  55. This recipe looks amazing! Perfect summer dinner for our Friday night patio dinners.

    - Amanda Lindquist

  56. I would make some filling for stuffed acorn squash. Yum!

    - Ali

  57. Made the chicken fajitas and oh!! Was it ever a hit feeding a household of men. But there was something missing? “The Calphalon Pan”. no question this pan would be used for every dish!!
    Love your blog!!

    - Sally holland

  58. My husband’s favorite – my chicken marsala!

    - melissa@IWasBornToCook

  59. I would make something with lots of vegetables. Your recipes would work for Weight Watchers.

    - Georgia

  60. I LOVE Mexican food and since you posted fajitas that’s on my brain, so I’d make something Mexican, tacos of empanadas most likely.

    - Justin

  61. I would make fettichini, thanks for the chance to win.

    - Charlene G

  62. I could cook a billion things…but the perfect steak would be the ultimate prize!!!

    - Janice

  63. I would make meatballs or veggies!

    - Meg

  64. Stir fry! All the colorful seasonal veggies have me craving it right now :)

    - Amanda

  65. I’d probably be using it almost everyday, making indian curries, fried rice and what not! But first I definitely have to try these Fajitas, they look scrumptious!

    - Ranu Tanu

  66. I can definitely see myself making some delicious shrimp and veggie stirfrys in this pan!

    - Aimee M

  67. The pictures make me want to make some fajitas!

    - Jana Gach

  68. I would cook those complete meals in this and make my special stir fry!

    octoberbaby1990 at yahoo dot com

    - Courtney Renee

  69. I would like to cook this Margarita Chicken Fajitas recipe in this pan along with many others!I love mexican food! :)

    - Sundee

  70. After mastering these fantastic fajitas, I’d make some serious peanut sauce in this gorgeous pan.

    - Lara

  71. Yum! This recipe looks amazing, such vibrant colors :)

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  72. I would love to try out those margarita fajitas! My husband loves fajitas, and well, I just love margaritas. So this would work out for the both of us!


    - Natalie

  73. Oh My, those photos are phenomenal!!! This dish looks delicious and I just wanna jump in!! This recipe is definitely what I would make in that pan.

    - Kim C.

  74. I would make shrimp & broccoli

    - Kelly D

  75. I would make some chicken and veggie stir-fry, my go-to dish.

    - Lori

  76. I would ask my husband to make his homemade meatballs!

    - Jeanna

  77. I would love to make fajitas in that pan! Or a spicy sausage pasta skillet bowl. Yum.

    - Joanna

  78. Just pinned your Margarita Chicken Fajitas on two boards, so initially I’d cook that recipe in a new Calphalon pan.

    - Linda

  79. i would love to use this pan to sear steaks since i don’t have a grill

    - ashley

  80. When my fiance returned from a tour in Afghanistan recently, we (finally) moved in together. The move is long overdue and fabulous, but easily our biggest struggle is meshing my health-nut tendencies with his only-processed-foods-and-sugary-cereals tendencies. I’m searching crazily for recipes that will work for both of us, and this one is a keeper. He might be a large and somewhat terrifying army man, but he shamelessly loves a good margarita.

    - Aileen

  81. I would make the chicken fajitas for sure but the real question is what could I not make with this pan.

    - Kathy

  82. I love fajitas, really any mexican food. now i’m hungry for mexican and my husband is out fishing, maybe when he gets back we’ll make some fish fajitas in my new pan! i need a new pan to go with my new stove.

    - liz smith

  83. I would make Chicken, Artichoke, and Mushroom pasta with white wine sauce…Yummy!!

    - Amy Reed

  84. I think these fajitas. Look so good! Almost makes me want to eat dinner again.

    - Shawna

  85. I would love to sear some nice steaks in this pan!

    - Bianca Bautista

  86. I would use it everrrry night for a dinner! Specifically, my sausage pasta skillet which is my man’s favorite dish of mine! :)

    - Maria

  87. One of my favorite things to eat! I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe!

    - Xuan

  88. Love the idea! Refreshing summer twist.

    - Andrea

  89. what would i NOT cook in this pan!!!! i’m pretty sure i’d be caramelizing up some onions like every other night for meals with this pan!

    - kat

  90. I love this blog. I just recently started following it after stumbling upon your hummus crusted chicken recipe on Pinterest. I love Aldi & good food. It’s a match made in heaven!

    - Erica

  91. I would absolutely love to cook with this pan!

    - Megan

  92. This recipe looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it out! I would also love to make some southern coca cola chicken in this pan!

    - Katherine Nolden

  93. I would like to cook skillet mac and cheese!

    - Kate

  94. hi — to celebrate a win i’d make the margarita chicken fajitas. great recipe and great giveaway! thanks.

    - annebele

  95. So glad that you are able to enjoy your weekends. For the past 5 years I work every other weekend with my job and I would love to have every weekend off.

    - Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

  96. I’d make fried rice.

    - rachel

  97. I love how colourful and veggie-packed this recipe is! I especially love the inclusion of Portabella mushrooms in the recipe, adding such wonderful texture to the dish. Thanks for sharing, I can see this becoming a fast favourite…


    - Mushrooms Canada

  98. Having your weekends back must be so refreshing. Beautiful bold colors in this dish, Ali! I’m not sure it gets better than that. I might have to whip up a batch of this or my families favorite mac n cheese as of late ;)

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

  99. I’d do a stir fry.

    - Craig

  100. I’d like to make paella with this pan. I don’t like to have too many pots and pans around, and this looks like a great multi-purpose pan.

    - Aubrey M.

  101. I would use this pan to make a big batch of baked ziti! This recipe also sounds amazing!!!

    - Ashley Olson

  102. This recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

    - Christa

  103. I love these pans!!! And the fajitas look yummy!

    - Melissa B in IL

  104. Margaritas and fajitas – could anyone not like this combo?! I could just wrap these up in a piping hot tortilla topped with fresh guac. Mmmmmm. Okay, it’s 1AM and I need a second dinner!

    And yay for having weekends off! Hope you can relax and take it easy :)

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  105. I would like to cook anything and everything in it! :)

    - Rachel

  106. the perfect pan/pot/baking dish can really make a meal – literally and figuratively! would love to win this giveaway!

    - Rachel Louise

  107. I think I’d inaugurate the pan with this recipe!

    - Devo K

  108. Hello gorgeous fiesta in a pan! Yay for happy weekends too!

    - Erin | The Law Students Wife

  109. I need this pan. You know you want me to have it! HA!!!! :)

    - Amanda

  110. These sound soooo amazing! I have the same pan and love it…especially for cooking veggies!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  111. Who doesn’t love chicken fajitas? And margarita flavored sounds so incredible!

    - Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

  112. This dish looks beautiful! I love all the colors. Margarita flavor does go really well with chicken. My husband and I have been watching the new episodes of Arrested Development too. :)

    - Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare

  113. Just by the colors you can see it would be flavorful and health. Can’t wait to try this

    - Sandy

  114. Wow, those fajitas look and sound amazing! Love the pretty colors from the peppers.

    - Leah | So, How's It Taste?

  115. These fajitas look amazing!

    - Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

  116. I love fajitas, these look fab!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  117. Gorg! I love me some fajitas! Can I come over for dinner?

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  118. I have coffee in my hand but I want fajita right now. your pictures are always so mouth watering Ali

    - dixya|food, pleasure, and health

  119. I love some tequila soaked chicken! These look awesome Ali!
    Oh and yay for weekends!

    - Tieghan

  120. Looks yummy, Ali! :)

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective